The Malawi Olympic Team was Monday welcomed in a colourful ceremony that took place at the Olympic Village in London .
Speaking to the players, Malawi’s Deputy High Commissioner John Tembo Jr wished the team good lucky and the best of everything in the competition.
He encouraged the team to maintain the spirit of dedication and oneness in order to achieve their goal.
Tembo Jr therefore applauded the community and staff of University of Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire Consortium for the role they have played in providing all the necessities to the Malawi athletes.
He said the Government of Malawi commends the unique support which has been rendered to its Olympic athletes, saying this is a clear manifestation of the cordial relationship that exists between Gloucestershire University and the sports fraternity in Malawi.
The Deputy High Commissioner added that the team was impressed with the warmth and good spirit accorded to them during the month long training camp at Gloucester University. He said this shall always remain memorable to the athletes.
In his remarks Professor David James, convenor of the Gloucestershire Consortium and representative of the Gloucestershire University said it was a proud moment to host the Malawi team of athletes for a month training at the university campus.
Professor James said, “We delivered the Team to the Village knowing that we have done everything possible to prepare them for the competition.”
On this point he mentioned that the athletes and coaches from Malawi made a lasting impression on Gloucestershire, saying they had been exposed to numerous primary schools, sports clubs, and community groups for practice.
In his welcoming speech, the Mayor of the Olympic Village , Sir Charles Allen, told the Malawi team that they should feel at home and should embrace the Olympic ethos of one world enjoying peace and tranquillity, through interaction in sporting events.